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Studying Calculus-Some help, please?

  1. Jun 7, 2012 #1
    Hello everyone! :)

    I've just finished high school, and have got about 3 months before college begins. So, during this time, I was thinking of doing some self-study in Mathematics and Physics, as I realised that pop-sci books only give me a superficial understanding, and reading them although is fun, is actually quite a waste of time.

    So, after looking around a lot of similar threads on here, and researching some study resources, I've come to the decision that I need to gain more skills in Math, to truly understand Physics. So, after having completed a review of high school algebra and trigonometry (which I think I'm pretty good at now), I was thinking of starting MIT Opencourseware's Scholar course on Single Variable Calculus (And also Paul's Online Math Notes for more practice problems). The course claims to be self-contained, both in terms of Theory and Problem Sets. So, is this a good choice, or do you guys think textbooks would serve better in gaining skill? Of course, I do realise that in order to truly master Calculus, one has to beat the legendary Spivak, but I don't think I'm ready for that level yet. So, would the OCW course suffice for a first (yet rigorous)exposure?

    Also, is it necessary to be proficient in Complex Numbers or Statistics (just to be sure! :D) before starting Calculus? I'm kinda weak on those two topics.

    Any help is deeply appreciated! Thanks! :)
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